MISS AMERICA

& VENTRILOQUISM

 

 

 

 

 

CYNTHIA COOK

Cook won the hearts of Georgia with her original ventriloquist act in 1971. She became Miss Georgia of 1971, won the nod of the Miss America judges as a talent winner, and placed in the Top Ten finalists at the Miss America Pageant.

  

BARBARA JEAN CRANDALL

Miss Michigan and Miss America talent winner in 1984.  Crandall has appeared as a professional ventriloquist with Ronnie Milsap, the Beach Boys, Meadowlark Lemon, Tom Hall, and Gary Morris.

MEGHAN MILLER

Bio of Meghan
 

The first Miss America’s Outstanding Teen for 2006 is a talented ventriloquist and Texas high-school scholastic whiz.

Meghan said she was inspired to learn ventriloquism after watching a pageant contestant perform an act when she was just 3 years old. Now she uses the method to speak in schools. "I sat in front of the mirror for hours on end trying to figure it out. I started performing at 7, and I've been going strong ever since," she said.

PAIGE PARNELL

Paige Phillips Parnell was selected as Miss Alabama in 1980 and first runner-up in the Miss America Pageant the same year at the age of 17.

Paige Parnell is also listed on the Ventriloquists of the 21st Century page.

SANDY RINGS

Miss Kansas of 1971, Rings competed in the Miss America contest in 1972.  Although she did not become Miss America, she did win the talent competition with her ventriloquist skills.  She later became a professional vent with her puppet, Rollo the Rabbit.

  

VONDA VAN DYKE

Figure: Kurley Q (made by Frank Marshall).  Paul Stadelman taught ventriloquism to Van Dyke.

1965: Vonda is an accomplished singer, entertainer and speaker. Vonda's polished singing voice won her the Miss Arizona and Miss America crown when she was a 21-year-old junior at Arizona State University. She had several firsts. Among those firsts were: she was the first ventriloquist to appear on the Miss America stage, was the first and only Miss America to win Miss Congeniality, and was the first to speak about her faith on national television.

She has recorded several albums and published numerous books, including "That Girl in Your Mirror" which has sold over one million hardcover copies.

MARLA WYNNE

Miss Pennsylvania of 1990  was a finalist in the 1991 Miss America Pageant.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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